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Govt to ensure Bhatta-Parsaul incidents don`t recur: Pawar

Assuring all steps to prevent incidents like Bhatta-Parsaul land row, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Monday said the Centre plans to introduce amendment to the Land Acquisition Act in the next session of Parliament.



New Delhi: Assuring all steps to prevent
incidents like Bhatta-Parsaul land row, Agriculture Minister
Sharad Pawar on Monday said the Centre plans to introduce
amendment to the Land Acquisition Act in the next session of
Parliament to protect farmers.

"Yesterday, UPA chairperson mentioned that in this
session, we would like to bring (amendment to) the Land
Acquisition Bill, where the farmers interest will also be
protected. This type of situation will not be repeated," Pawar
told reporters here when asked about his views on the
Bhatta-Parsaul incident.

Farmers` agitation against land acquisition at
Bhatta-Parsaul villages in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh
turned violent, leading to the death of four people including
two policemen early this month.

The incident led to a political uproar with Congress
General Secretary Rahul Gandhi visiting the area in support of
farmers. Gandhi, who was arrested and released later, took up
the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Last week, Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh
had said that consultation process on the draft amendment bill
would be completed by May-end after which it would be sent to
the Law Ministry for vetting.

"We will talk to all those who have made separate
recommendations in this regard. We will complete the talks by
the month-end after which we will send the draft to Law
Ministry from where it will go to the Cabinet," he had said.

PTI

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